Whovians may not be seeing fan favorites David Tennant and Matt Smith’s Tenth and Eleventh Doctor’s on the small screen anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean they’re gone from our lives forever. Titan Comics plans to release two-dimensional versions of the continuing adventures of the last two Time Lords. Now the BBC has released the covers for both titles, as well providing some details about the creative teams behind the new books, and unveiling a few vague plot details just to make things interesting.
These covers both come from the paintbrush of artist Alice X. Zhang, who has done fantastic work with popular franchises like The Hunger Games, The Lord of the Rings, and even Sherlock, among many others. In addition to being easy on the eyes, these portraits images do a good job of capturing the overall mood, personalities, and countenances of the respective Doctors. It doesn’t tell you much about what the stories inside actually look like, but they’ll definitely catch your eye on the shelves of your local comic book shop, and capture the imagination of Doctor Who fans everywhere.
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1 combines the talents of Nick Abadzis, the Eisner Award-winning writer of titles like Laika and artist Elena Casagrande, who has worked on books like Angel, Star Trek, and Suicide Risk. They’ll be handling the initial run, a five-issue story arc that promises all new adventures, along with new enemies, and, of course, new travel companions. Robbie Morrison (The Authority, Drowntown) will take over the controls after that, for a second arc in what is scheduled to be an ongoing series.
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #1 has also put together its own high-profile creative team. Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard, Mighty Avengers) will team up with Rob Williams (Revolutionary War, The Royals: Masters of War) to handle the scripts and create the overall architecture of the series. They’ll be teaming up with artist Simon Fraser (Grindhouse, Nikolai Dante) to bring their words and adventures to life in what the press relief calls a “whirlwind.” That could be a bit of hyperbole, but you get point they’re going for, this is going to be exciting, right?
Both of these new titles kick off later this summer, with the first issues hitting stores on July 23. Hopefully these two books will help smooth the transition from Smith’s eleventh Doctor into Peter Capaldi’s, perhaps truncated, reign.